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Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


The Oaks is offering special packages during The Masters

The Masters tournament is the first week of April. The tournament, along with warm, spring weather, likely has you very excited for the 2015 golf season. The professional golfers should not be the only ones who get to have fun during the famous tournament; The Oaks is offering special golf packages for the entire week (April 4th, 2015 through April 12th, 2015) that The Masters tournament takes place.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

March 22, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 21, 2015 | | Columnists


Bulldogs take season series over Alcovy

It seems like baseball season just started, but yet most teams are already into the most important part of their schedule, region games. It is one thing to start off your region schedule, and it's another to start it against a border-county rival. Alcovy and Rockdale led off its Region 2-AAAAAA schedule with a three-game series against each other.

March 21, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


Welcome to the Weekend March 20-22

The joys of homework. Most of us remember homework as children. When I was a kid, I got off the bus, enjoyed a Little Debbie Oatmeal Pie, watched an episode of Scooby-Doo and got to work. I didn't mind homework too much, but math word problems were the bane of my childhood existence. "If Sally drives North at 45 mph and Johnny drives South at 75 mph, when will their best friend David get to Dairy Queen?" Seriously? I didn't have time for such questions. I had bikes to ride and creeks to walk before dinner! Today it ...

March 19, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Crossover day marks progress

I am honored to announce that my first bill, known as "Kelsey's Law," passed the House by a unanimous vote. Originally sponsored by my fellow Newton County delegation member, Representative Pam Dickerson, it will protect teenage girls from a form of cyber bullying. This occurred to brave Kelsey Upton, a resident of Oxford, who courageously helped fellow innocent teens by fighting this malicious injustice. Representative Dickerson also authored another anti-cyber bullying bill that I heartily support. It should be voted on during Crossover Day.

March 15, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


A letter from Mayor Johnston

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 15, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Lady Eagles earn first region win; boys outshot on penalty kicks

The Eastside Lady Eagles (4-3, 2-1) spent the first half on their heels due to a dominating offensive attack by the Walnut Grove Lady Warriors (2-5, 1-2) Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

March 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


The Rebel’s Manifesto

I throw my hands in the air, and do a short, ridiculous dance. "It's Friday!" I exclaim, and I walk out of the office and into my sanctuary. I leave the lights off and sit at my desk, black coffee steaming in front of me.

March 15, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


The importance of SLEEP

Let's admit it - we all dread the week that just passed. The "springing forward" is always harder than the "falling back." Regardless of the promise of more daylight and spring being right around the corner, Daylight Savings Time is like a mild case of jet lag - which is why my 3-, almost 4-year-old is not going to sleep until after 9 p.m. It usually takes my family at least a week to adjust and we are all a little cranky about it.

March 15, 2015 | | Health


Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

"I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S'mores Cake Bars."

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie


Bear Creek Reservoir: What should we do now?

Dear editor,

November 15, 2014 | Wesley Dowly, Barbara Morgan, Larry McSwain, David Waller | Letters


Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

November 15, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


The audacity of arrogance

In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious - but with arrogance rather than hope.

November 15, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Dear Newton citizens: Thank you

Dear Newton citizens,

November 15, 2014 | Dave Belton | Letters


GPC shows slight enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 15, 2014 | | Education


Cooking with Melanie: hash brown casserole

"I am trying out for cheerleading this week. This is the coach's favorite recipe that I make. So I figured this would be a good week to share this recipe. By the time this makes the paper I will know if I made the squad or not. If I do, I might need to make the coach her favorite. If I don't, then she will have the recipe and can make it for herself. Either way I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy my Hash brown casserole."

November 13, 2014 | | Cooking with Melanie


Newborn celebrates its big history

Honoring the town's historic roots, citizens of Newborn gathered at the town's old school house for their first inaugural community fall festival.

November 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Make some positive changes this month

I recently ate out with a friend of mine. After I had ordered my sandwich and side, I listened to her carefully place her order. She took great pains to not stress out the server and be labeled a difficult customer, but she had some very particular food choices. Sauces and dressings on the side, no salt added during cooking, substitute broccoli for fries, grilled with no extra butter. When it was all said and done, I was much more interested in her creative meal than my boring old sandwich combo.

November 08, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Miller, Bears clip Eagles for Region Title

Perennial state power Griffin rolled into Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night. And though Eastside gave them all they could handle, in the end it was too much Malik Miller and too much Bears defense as they defeated the Eagles 48-28 on the first really chilly night of the football season.

November 08, 2014 | Phil Manson | Eastside


Win or go home

Win or go home. That's what the playoffs are all about. That's what the Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams are facing next Friday, as both teams scratched and crawled their way into the Georgia State Playoffs. The first round kicks off November 14th for both teams.

November 08, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Porterdale to host town hall meeting

The City of Porterdale is hosting a town hall meeting, Nov. 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The event space and catering are sponsored by the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The primary reason for the meeting is for the Start-Up Main Street Program that is trying to get accredited for in 2015.

November 08, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | LOCAL


Biting into Covington

They had expected about 300 people to show up in downtown Covington the night before Halloween.

November 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


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